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Boyfriend gets 31 years for death, abuse of Citrus Heights toddlers

Rebecca Thomas and Taylor Montgomery-Gutzman
Booking photos of Rebecca Thomas and her boyfriend, Taylor Montgomery-Gutzman. // Courtesy, CHPD

Sentinel staff report–
The district attorney’s office announced Friday that the boyfriend involved in the murder of a 22-month-old child in Citrus Heights has been sentenced to serve 31 years to life in prison. His girlfriend, the child’s mother, was previously sentenced to 21-years-to-life earlier this year.

Rebecca Thomas, 36, and her 26-year-old boyfriend Taylor Montgomery-Gutzman were both convicted by a jury in May for second-degree murder of 22-month-old Kash Thomas, and felony child abuse involving his twin brother.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner handed down the sentence on July 26 for Thomas, while her boyfriend was sentenced on Thursday.

Kash Thomas’ death occurred on Oct. 13, 2016, when police responded to the 8000 block of Auburn Boulevard and found him not breathing. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Following a police investigation, authorities determined the child did not die of natural causes and arrested the couple several weeks after the incident occurred.

The DA’s office said a jury found Montgomery-Gutzman had strangled Kash Thomas to death, and the child’s mother “had seen injuries on her children prior to the murder, but nonetheless left the 22-month-old twins in Montgomery-Gutzman’s care.”  Thomas had also been told to seek medical attention for both children, but did not do so.

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